Languages › Italian The Future Tense in Italian Learn how to conjugate and use the Italian future tense Share Flipboard Email Print Alla fine di settembre partirò per Roma. - At the end of September I will leave for Rome. zodebala/Getty Images Italian Grammar History & Culture Vocabulary Table of Contents Expand How to Conjugate the Future Tense Future Tense Conjugation of Cantare -Ere and -Ire Verbs Future Tense Conjugations of Credere and Partire Irregular Verbs Irregular Future Tense Stems By Cher Hale Italian Language Expert B.A., University of Nevada–Las Vegas Cher Hale is the founder of The Iceberg Project, a language-learning platform for students of the Italian language. She also hosts the 30 Minute Italian podcast. our editorial process Cher Hale Updated November 04, 2019 Your parents will prepare pasta alla puttanesca for dinner next time. On Saturday he’ll buy that leather jacket he's been thinking about, and next year you’ll learn the future tense. (Well, let’s hope that it will be right now instead of next year, but for example’s sake, we’ll say next year.) The future tense in Italian expresses an action that will take place, quite simply, in the future. While in English the future is expressed with the helping verb "will" or the phrase "going to," in Italian, a verb ending marks it as being set in the future tense. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Che sarà, sarà”? It means “what will be, will be”, and the final letter of the word “sarà” will give you your first taste of the future tense. Let’s practice with the examples from the beginning of this article written in Italian. La prossima cena, i tuoi, prepareranno la pasta alla puttanesca. - Your parents will prepare la pasta alla puttanesca for dinner next time. Sabato, comprerà quella giacca di cuoio a cui pensava da tanto tempo. - On Saturday, he’ll buy that leather jacket he’s been thinking about. L’anno prossimo imparerai il tempo futuro in italiano. - Next year you’ll learn the future tense in Italian. How to Conjugate the Future Tense -ARE Verbs The future tense (futuro semplice) of first-conjugation regular (-are) verbs is formed first by changing the infinitive ending -are into -er. The following future endings are then added to the root: -ò -ai -à -emo -ete -anno Future Tense Conjugation of Cantare io canterò noi canteremo tu canterai voi canterete lui, lei, Lei canterà loro, essi canteranno Esempi Un giorno canterò sul palcoscenico con Jovanotti. - One day I will sing onstage with Jovanotti. Quando compiranno trent’anni, canteranno in una gara di karaoke! - When they turn 30 years old, they will sing in a karaoke contest! Domani Marco e Anna canteranno nel coro! - Tomorrow Marco and Anna will sing in the chorus! TIP: When the time that something is happening is noted, like “domani - tomorrow”, you don’t necessarily have to use the future tense. You can just use the present indicative and say something like, “Domani vado a scuola. - Tomorrow I’m going to school”. -Ere and -Ire Verbs The future tense of regular second-conjugation and third-conjugation (-ere and -ire) verbs is formed by simply dropping the final -e of the infinitive and then adding these endings: -ò -ai -à -emo -ete -anno You’ll notice that these are the same endings as those added to the -are verbs. For a sample conjugation, see the table below, which conjugates the verbs credere and partire. Future Tense Conjugations of Credere and Partire io crederò noi crederemo tu crederai voi crederete lui, lei, Lei crederà loro, Loro crederanno Esempi Ci crederò quando lo vedrò. - I’ll believe it when I see it. Dopo aver avuto dei figli, lui crederà nel vero amore. - After having had kids, he will believe in true love. Crederanno a tutto quello che gli dirai. - They’ll believe everything you’ll tell them! io partirò noi partiremo tu partirai voi partirete lui, lei, Lei partirà loro, Loro partiranno Esempi Alla fine di settembre partirò per Roma. - At the end of September I will leave for Rome. Ti laureerai e poi partirai per l’Africa? - You will graduate and then you will leave for Africa? I miei cugini partiranno il 7 di giugno. - My cousins will be leaving on June 7th. Irregular Verbs In the future tense, some verbs are irregular. For example, the verbs dare, stare, and fare simply drop the final -e of their infinitives and form the stems dar-, star- and far-, respectively. The stem of the verb essere is sar-. All of these stems are then combined with the regular future-tense endings listed above. The verbs listed below also have an irregularly shortened stem in the future tense (usually, because the vowel a or e is dropped from the infinitive). andare andr- avere avr- cadere cadr- dovere dovr- potere potr- sapere sapr- vedere vedr- vivere vivr- Irregular Future Tense Stems Also be aware of the spelling of verbs with infinitives ending in -ciare and -giare. These verbs drop the i before adding the future endings to the root, like tu comincerai, noi viaggeremo. Also, verbs with infinitives ending in -care and -gare add an h to the root for the future to preserve the hard sound of the c or g of the infinitive: io cercherò, loro pagheranno. Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Hale, Cher. "The Future Tense in Italian." ThoughtCo, Aug. 26, 2020, thoughtco.com/the-future-tense-in-italian-4054122. Hale, Cher. (2020, August 26). The Future Tense in Italian. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/the-future-tense-in-italian-4054122 Hale, Cher. 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